Blog - Connections

Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

Olly, Rob, Sheree, Lyn and Olga, Patonga, 2017.

Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory - Dr Seuss

 

Olga, Marcello, Verna, Rob, Sheree & Lyn, Patonga, 2017

For some its about having an instant connection and an easy friendship. 

Verna, Olga and Sheree, Patonga, 2017

Kindred spirits

Sydney, 2016

Catching up at the best time of the day! Sunrise over the harbour in Balmoral.

NY, 2016

Do you think they ended up pulling their chairs closer? Brooklyn NY 2016

New York, 2016

Making the most of her moment running the New York Marathon. 

New York, Nov 2016

Runners in the New York Marathon on a high from the crowd cheering them on. The atmosphere was such a big party, with the goodwill palpable in the air.

Connor & April, Sydney, 2016

Connor and April have come to stay at the Ronald McDonald's house to support Connor's cousin, Tayah.  Tayah is 12 and has acute myeloid leukemia. She's just finished her first round of chemo and is still in the isolation ward. They're hoping she'll come down to the house soon to meet the other kids. Having Connor there will lift Tayah's spirits and keep her entertained. 

 

Laura & Rachael, Sydney, 2016

Laura’s brother, Connor has cerebral palsy.  It’s been a very long journey for the family as they’ve been coming to the RMHC for many years. 

It’s emotionally draining and not easy on any of them. Laura’s siblings have been taking turns coming to Sydney. Tomorrow they can go home and are going via the zoo to celebrate.

Mackenzie & Krystal, Sydney, 2016

Mackenzie has been missing her friends, she’s been staying at Ronald McDonald House in Randwick for 9 months whilst having intensive chemo. She finally gets to go home in the next few weeks.

She can’t wait to be doing her gymnastics, oz tag, trampolining, fishing and wake boarding again.

Mackenzie is giving Krystal from Yahoo a tour of what her life is like here in the house. Krystal and her colleagues from Yahoo Sydney are there to cook dinner for everyone.

Henry & Mackenzie, Sydney, 2016

You would think playing Doctors would be the last game these gorgeous little kids would want to play but to watch them in a fit of giggles was beautiful. They approach life in such a sincere and innocent way. It reminds me to focus on what's important.

Henry has been at RMHC for over 5 months and Mackenzie for 9 months, they've been missing their friends and normality.

Henry & Justin, Sydney, 2016

Adorable brothers, Henry and Justin goofing around. Henry celebrated his 3rd birthday at Ronald McDonald House in Randwick. His family have received good news and they can finally go home so Henry can undergo the maintenance part of his treatment. Don't they look happy?

Henry & his dad, Sydney, 2016

By looking at Henry's radiant smile you would never guess he's been battling Leukemia. He is such a happy little cheeky character. His family live 138 kms away from St Vincent's hospital so this Ronald McDonald House has offered a warm and welcoming home whilst Henry has undergone treatment. It is beautiful to see Henry always so quick to show his love for his family.

Couple, Singpore, 2016

How you get your partner's attention when he's on his mobile phone.

The Mushchenko Clan, Ivanivka, 2013

 
The strength of family ties are strong, even 100 years after my great grandfather immigrated to America! Family from a little house, in a little village, a few 100 kms south of Kiev put on the biggest and most welcoming feast you ever will see. Food never tasted so good.

Love transcends borders and the centuries.

Hannah, Poppy & Dani, Sydney, 2016

After the SMH Sun Run, who needs treats when you're rewarded with smooches. 

 

 

 

 

Aimee, Katie, Lauren, Helen & Amelia, Sydney, 2016

Lauren with her bridesmaids at her engagement party.  Lauren says, "My connection with these girls is mostly God. It's the joy of friendship, fellowship, laughter and the chats that I have with these ladies. "

Nati, Colima, 2007

Nati suffered from leprosy and lost a foot whilst bike riding with her grandchild. She's now in remission and is so grateful to the nuns, Marta and Letitia for their ongoing care and support. The nuns would bring them food and medicine, scrub their wounds and accept them as humans.